The Revs hold an 18 point lead over second place Nashville SC in the East, and are looking to lock up the Supporters’ Shield—a race they currently lead by eight points over the Seattle Sounders.
Meantime, the Fire are looking to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table in the East, and have their eyes set on building momentum heading into 2022.
“These guys are professionals, I think we have to do our job and try to be competitive all the way to the end,” interim head coach Frank Klopas told reporters this week. “And yeah, every game we go into it with the belief and the confidence to get three points. So that’s never going to change. You know, the way I think and the way the players think and the way we approach every game and what we do in training, the standards are very high and the players know that and the expectations are high all the way to the end and there should be no other way.”
Who’s in goal? Gaga or Bobby?
Homegrown sensation Gabriel Slonina has started in goal for the last several matches, but if the Fire were looking to give Bobby Shuttleworth one last game this season, this one might be it. Shuttleworth was a mainstay in net for several seasons for the Revs, and it would be a classy move by Klopas to let Shuttleworth start in New England. Slonina is the future and deserves every minute he’s getting, but Shuttleworth has been a team player and rewarding him with one last match wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
New Logo Update
The Fire have their sharp new logo plastered over nearly everything these days—including an upcoming collaboration with Revolution Brewing. But, the new logo won’t appear on kits until next season. The Fire will continue to wear the Fire Crown logo on their jerseys through the end of this season.
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire
MLS Match #30 | Saturday, October 16 | Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Kickoff: 6 p.m. CT
Streaming: CFFC Live (in the Chicago market), ESPN+ (outside the Chicago market)
Radio: TUDN 1200AM
Chicago Fire Injuries & Absences
- OUT: Kenneth Kronholm (right knee)
- OUT: Boris Sekulic (back)
- OUT: Carlos Teran (right thigh)
- OUT: Fabian Herbers (right thigh)
- OUT: Francisco Calvo (health and safety protocols)
- QUESTIONABLE: Brian Gutierrez (right ankle)
New England Revolution Injuries & Absences
- OUT: None
Next up for the Fire
Wednesday, October 20 - FC Cincinnati vs. Chicago Fire at TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Saturday, October 23 - Chicago Fire vs. Real Salt Lake at Soldier Field, Chicago (7 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)
Wednesday, October 27 - New York City FC vs Chicago Fire at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN-TV, CFFC Live)